"CBA is very good this year. Guilderland returned most of its scorers from last year. Saratoga (Springs) has a new head coach behind the bench, which always energizes a program. They've already defeated CBA this year," said de la Rocha.
Shen will have to wait a little longer before taking on the CDHSHL. The Plainsmen are one of eight teams competing at this weekend's Don Kauth Memorial Tournament in Saratoga Springs. Shen faces Oswego Friday night at Clifton Park Arena before playing St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute Saturday at Saratoga's Weibel Avenue Arena.
Playing an aggressive non-league schedule should pay dividends for Shen once it does start facing CDHSHL teams, said de la Rocha.
"We're going to be a team where you're going to see more results in January," he said.
Saratoga Springs (3-1-1) has an equally challenging schedule during the Kauth Memorial Tournament. The Blue Streaks host Section III's Liverpool Friday and Oswego Saturday at Weibel.
Saratoga is looking for a better effort than at last weekend's West Genesee Tournament, where the Blue Streaks lost to the host school 5-0 and tied Aquinas (Rochester) 2-2.
In other weekend hockey action, Burnt Hills/Scotia-Glenville hosts Niskayuna/Schenectady in a CDHSHL game at Union College. The Spartan/Tartans are coming off a first-place finish at the Saranac Lake Tournament, where they defeated the Mohawks 3-2 in a shootout in Saturday's final. ""